Indeed, a pardon would seem an appropriate ending to a story that features no less than three very expensive trials and eleven appeals, $20,000 in fines, disbarrment, five years of probation and more than thousand hours of community service (picking up garbage). As O'Hara put it, “When I was convicted it set a precedent that when you register to vote you are subject to prosecution. If he pardons, that precedent is wiped out." In 1997, the New York Times observed:
The prosecution was unusual [because] virtually all cases of questionable residency claims by political candidates in New York City are handled as civil suits, in which the worst penalty, if the courts disbelieve the claim, is to be thrown off the ballot.Freedlander's article last year also noted that, in New York, "by tradition, most pardons happen in December." As December of 2008 approaches, it seems appropriate to connect with John O'Hara once again. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, one can visit O'Hara's web site here.